Monday Movie Report: Stan Lee, comic book industry icon, dies at 95

Stan Lee, comic book writer, editor and publisher at Marvel Comics, died Monday at the age of 95.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee started in the industry in 1939 and helped create characters such as Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and the X-Men. Working alongside other creators, such as Jack Kirby, THR reports that Lee pushed Marvel to the world’s No. 1 comic book publisher.

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REVIEW: Deeply flawed ‘Venom’ still manages to offer some fun

For those of you who don’t know, this “Venom” movie has basically nothing to do with Spider-Man or the Marvel universe. Sad face.

“Venom” tells the story of Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), a broadcast news reporter who’s had good, consistent success in the journalism industry. His latest story, though, brings him into contact with a powerful pharma exec named Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed). Because he asks too many questions in his interview, Drake manages to end Brock’s career.

As Brock struggles to get back on his feet, Drake’s company does unethical experiments, culminating with the forcing of a sentient alien substance to interact with humans. When Brock finds out, he decides to try his hand at investigative journalism again, but this lands him in more trouble when he becomes attached to one of the aliens named Venom. While the two begin at odds, they eventually form a deal to take Drake down.

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Monday Movie Report: Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker revealed, ‘Captain Marvel’ trailer debuts

Fans and audiences were treated to an early look at the upcoming Joker-based film starring Joaquin Phoenix recently.

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2018 Summer Movie Awards

Summer 2018 is coming to a close and there were some really good flicks that came out in the past several months. However, these movies might not get recognition during award season.

Now, that could always change with the Academy’s supposed Popular Film category that’s right around the corner. But still, I like giving my own form of awards to the movies of summer.

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Monday Movie Report: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ cast backs Gunn

Cast members from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” series from Marvel are standing in support of director James Gunn. The announcement from the combined cast comes roughly a week after Disney fired him from directing the third film.

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Summer 2008: Looking back at the two films that changed cinema

Ten years ago yesterday, “The Dark Knight” was released to theaters across the country.

It was the second of two films released in the 2008 summer season that changed the world of cinema. That other movie was “Iron Man,” released May 2, 2008.

While both films have had a major impact on the world of film, though, their legacies are quite different.

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REVIEW: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ powered by super couple

Superhero couples are relatively rare in Hollywood, with the one featured in “The Incredibles” series being likely the most prominent. Fortunately, Marvel Studios has added to that catalog.

This sequel to the 2015 “Ant-Man” again follows the life of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). The movie picks up with the character on house arrest, a punishment he received following the fight between members of the Avengers at an airport.

Despite this factor, though, the father-daughter duo of Hank (Michael Douglas) and Hope (Evangeline Lilly) once again recruit Scott for a mission. Despite having reservations about working with Scott again because of his recklessness, Hank explains that he needs Lang’s help to save his long lost wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer). The mission doesn’t feature Scott on his own this time, though, as Hope gets her own advanced suit and joins the mission, going by the Wasp alias.

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Enjoy ‘Deadpool?’ Hyped For ‘DP2?’ Cool, Then You’ll Love ‘Kick-Ass’

A main character dressed as a superhero fights crime, narrates his own story and in some moments breaks the fourth wall.

Think I’m talking about “Deadpool?” Nope. I’m talking about “Kick-Ass,” the 2010 action comedy adaptation of the comic book. In just a few days “Deadpool 2” will be released, with the first one coming to theaters in early 2016.

Despite both of these films having a great number of similarities to “Kick-Ass,” though, people seem to have forgotten the movie that’s now nearly a decade old. But the fact is that “Kick-Ass” deserves to be remembered and recognized because of how it raised the bar, especially in this period of time where we have the “Deadpool” films coming out.

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REVIEW: Third ‘Avengers’ Is A Stunningly Well Made Feature

In 2012, the folks behind Marvel managed to put together numerous superheroes in one film and made it all work in “The Avengers.” This time around, in “Infinity War,” they use a lot of that same formula on a much bigger scale and even though there’s so much more going on, it still fires on all cylinders.

The latest “Avengers” takes place directly after the events of last year’s movie “Thor: Ragnarok.” In fact, the opening of “Infinity War” was even teased in “Ragnarok.” We soon find out that Thor (Chris Hemsworth), along with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) are under siege by the powerful character Thanos (Josh Brolin).

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Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Written pre-‘Infinity War’)

Considering that “Avengers: Infinity War” is not only the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe, but could change the series’ landscape going forward, now seems like a good time to do a full retrospective on the franchise and rank all of the movies that have been released since 2008. Now, keep in mind for this section, the films are ranked relatively. I didn’t find any of these films hard to sit through, just not as enjoyable as others.

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